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LM-01 - The Calling of Congregational Leadership

Featuring Larry McSwain


This course will focus on a multiple meanings of the vocation of ministry for both clergy and lay leaders. The class will give attention to three aspects of functioning effectively as a congregational leader: the being of the leader, the knowledge base for leading, and the multiple doing tasks required of the leader. Primary emphasis is given to the tasks of dreaming or visioning for a missional congregation, caring for the church and community, organizing for the mission, and resourcing the congregation.


Course Details

Registration is open the on-demand online lecture: “The Calling of Congregational Leadership” taught by Larry McSwain.

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Part of Our Video Lecture Series

This course, "The Calling of Congregational Leadership," is one of our video-only courses consisting of seven high-quality video lectures from Larry McSwain. All video lectures are delivered as streaming video to media players embedded into each lecture’s page in a dedicated Virtual Classroom.

  • Session 1: 48:01 (mm:ss)
  • Session 2: 27:59 (mm:ss)
  • Session 3: 38:29 (mm:ss)
  • Session 4: 31:06 (mm:ss)
  • Session 5: 34:34 (mm:ss)
  • Session 6: 29:06 (mm:ss)
  • Session 7: 36:33 (mm:ss)

We recommend that you also purchase the course’s textbook as part of your study of this subject. You will get the most out of this course by using the videos and the book together. Study both at your own pace.

For the price of registration, you will receive 120 days of unlimited access to this course’s Virtual Classroom and all of its included videos and other class materials. You may come and go into this course’s online Virtual Classroom as often as you wish.

Course Instructor: Dr. Larry McSwain


Larry McSwain serves as a ministry coach with International Coach Federation training and consults with congregations through the Center for Congre-gational Health at Winston Salem, North Carolina. His consulting focus is on planning, staff configurations and staff compensation/evaluation.

Larry served as Professor of Leadership at the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he held the Watkins Christian Foundation Endowed Chair in Ministry and served as Associate Dean for Doctor of Ministry Studies. He taught Christian Ethics, Leadership, Change and Conflict in the Church, and Capstone courses from 2003 until 2012 when retired from fulltime teaching. He continues to teach at McAfee as an adjunct professor.